Sunday, May 15th from 1-3 p.m. EST New Prairie Little League will be hosting a Pitch, Hit & Run Skills Competition. It is free of charge to all who participate and we believe it will be a fun afternoon for all who join and will result in many of our players moving on to the next level with the hopeful end result being that the New Prairie Little League has a player representing us at the National Championships during the 2016 All Star Game!
This contest, sponsored nationally by Scotts Lawn and Turf and Major League Baseball, is a free skills completion that can be entered by any boys and girls between the ages of 7-14 to compete against other kids nationwide for the chance to advance to the national competition at the Major League Baseball All-Star game. This completion will be broken up on two fields, (one for any softball competitors/t-ball and t/ball plus and the other for any baseball competitors.) Competitors will hit several balls off of a tee, throw balls at a target and be timed running the bases. Each age group will have 4 distinct champions (one for pitching, one for hitting, one for running, and an all around champion which will be the combined total of all three skills.) So, obviously, we can have a child who wins the batting and pitching and therefore will more than likely be the all-around champion so it does NOT have to be four different individuals. The competition is broken into groups based on age and gender. Winners of our local competition will advance to the sectional competition the following week in Plymouth, Indiana. That competition will be held at 6:00 p.m. EST on May 20, 2016. Anyone qualifying past sectionals will be notified as to date/time/location of the next levels.
We will need several volunteers for this. Although we do not anticipate this to be a terribly long day (should take between 2-3 hours at the most…depending on the number of sign ups). The board would ask that each team have at least one volunteer. The coaches of your children’s teams have been asked to provide the name of the volunteer/volunteers available to help. Again, can be yourself, a coach, an assistant coach, parent, grandparent, brother or sister, whomever!
Here are some of the basics:
Age brackets are as follows:
This is NOT Little League age but what is your age of JULY 17, 2016…(ex: Age 7/8-would be born July 18-2007-July 17, 2009)
The pitching portion will test how accurately a competitor can throw strikes to a designated “strike zone” target from a designated distance (35 feet for softball and 45 feet for baseball). ANY METHOD OF OVERHAND OR UNDERHAND PITCHING/THROWING IS ALLOWED!
- Baseball Division-Six (6) Baseballs from a distance of 45 feet away (standard baseball)
- Softball Division-Six (6) Softballs (11” for 7/8 and 9/10 divisions); Six (6) Softballs (12” for 11/12 and 13/14 divisions) from a distance of 35 feet away
The competitor will receive 6 attempts to hit the target and will be scored accordingly.
Judges will keep score of each competitor’s performance. They will be evaluated based on the other competitors in their age division.
The hitting portion of the program will test the competitor’s ability to hit from a stationary batting tee, along a tape measure from home plate, toward straight-away centerfield. Hits will be measured for distance and accuracy.
- Baseball Division-Six (6) baseballs
- Softball Division-Six (6) Softballs (11” for 7/8 and 9/10 division; 12” for 11/12 and 13/14 division)
PARTICIPANTS CAN USE ANY TYPE OF BAT THEY CHOSE (KEEPING IN MIND-SOFTBALL BAT FOR SOFTBALL DIVISION AND BASEBALL BAT FOR BASEBALL DIVISION). It does NOT have to be within Little League regulation (ex: does NOT have to be 2 ¼ “ barrel for 7/8 and 9/10 baseball divisions). We will have some bats and batting helmets available should a participant not have their own to bring.
Each competitor will have three swings in an attempt to hit the ball. Only the best of the three attempts, will count toward the competitor’s score. There are some other rules (no running or walking start, etc…) which will be reviewed with the competitor prior to his/her attempts. Spotters will be measuring from where the ball lands on a fly. The measuring tape will be placed from the tee through second base on a line into centerfield and all hits will be measured from how far they are from centerfield line as well as how far traveled…that score will be tabulated by the judges based on the best three hits.
The running portion of the program will measure a competitor’s speed in a sprint from the start line (second base), through third base and touching home plate. ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST RUN A TOTAL OF 120 FEET.
We will make any adjustments necessary to the fields base paths (moving the start line) to ensure all competitors ONLY run 120 feet.
No sliding is allowed. Time will end when competitor has tagged home plate.
Judges will be scoring times for all competitors.
There are conversion tables for all events (ex: Pitch Conversion Table (# of targets hits=point…0=50; 1=75; 2=150, etc…)
In most circumstances a tie between competitors will result in both competitors moving on to the sectional competition in Plymouth.
The winners will also receive a certificate of recognition at the local level; all winners at the Sectional Level will also receive a certificate with the exception of the 1st-3rd All Around winners who will receive a medal. After sectionals, all the All Around Champions from the different sectionals in the Region will be evaluated and will have an opportunity to advance to compete in the team championship at one of the Chicago or Cleveland MLB stadiums. From there, the All Around Champions will move on to compete at the All Star game!
We think this will be an extremely fun event and will hopefully result in maybe one or several of our kids advancing all the way to the All-Star Game this year!
For more information, check out MLB Pitch, Hit & Run on Facebook. (www.pitchhitrun.com) Again, the competition will take place Sunday, May 15 from 1:00-3:00 PM Eastern time and it should not be necessary for competitors to be there the entire time. The final results will be tallied with the results released to our entire NPLL family in the early days of the week following the event.